Research suggests zinc may shorten common colds for adults

The Washington Post reports that a recent study suggests that zinc might serve as a method of relief from the common cold.

According to the Post, the study, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, “analyzed data from 17 studies, involving 2,121 people, 1 to 65 years old, who had been randomly assigned to take zinc or a placebo within three days of coming down with a cold… Cold symptoms disappeared about three days sooner among adults who took zinc than they did for those taking the placebo, especially when higher doses of zinc were taken.”

The Time “Healthland” blog reports, “However, zinc didn’t lessen the severity of their cold symptoms.”

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